My panel for Fiesta Equestria was just posted! Go watch it!
friendshipiscarrots said: First off, I gotta say, I LOVE your youtube channel! All the stuff you put on there just ends up being awesome! I've been wondering though, is Rae your real name (sorry if I misspelled that), likewise for Patton and Taylor? Not asking for your real names, just if those are. Also, I keep hearing the three of you being referred to as girls, is this the case? I mean Taylor sounds like a dude but I've been wrong on that before, and both you and Patton sound like you could be either or.
Rae’s just a persona I’ve been using for the Let’s Plays! Her friends, Taylor and Peyton, are also characters for the sake of roleplaying. They’re monkeys, and they come from the same universe that we set “My Little Dashie” in - well, a similar universe anyway. It’s set mainly in a country called Banana Republic and theirs is identical to our own world in every possible way that seems convenient at the time. We’ve actually done some stuff with ideas and concepts.
Seen here, for example, is the beautiful capitol building where the red and blue Congress teams figure out who deserves blame for all the bad things and who deserves credit for all the good things.
You can see here, it’s totally different than US Congress because their flag has a banana.
And here is Red Congressman Brown, who genuinely isn’t modeled after anyone, actually. He’s just a monkey in a very fine suit.
These images actually came from a short that Petirep and I planned on then put on a back burner. After we’re done with Rainbow Dash Presents, we plan to focus instead of the adventures of Rae, Taylor, Peyton, the Jokermort, and other characters from this universe. In fact, our parody of Equestria Girls is actually going to take the ponies to Banana Republic. Well, a school in Banana Republic, where the girls will myopically focus on becoming prom queen as they’re harassed by the mightiest girl at school, Sue Bu, and her two accomplices, the dumb kids.
The clinch is that unlike Equestria Girls, Banana Republic will still be a setting of absurdism and escapist behavior, featuring wizards, super heroes, good guys and bad guys, eldritch monsters, dance gangs, and whatever the heck else we feel like doing, since it’s really up to our own imaginations and we’ll be free to do a lot more once we start operating entirely with our own unique ideas.
The entire concept of Equestria Girls really just runs me for a loop - MLP is a show with a lot of romantic themes, featuring a ton of nature, magic, and harmony with one’s surroundings. Yet Equestria Girls is set in a high school, and it’s almost portrayed as an escape from Equestria. As if to say, “Wow, our magical world of talking horses sure seems pretty humdrum after I’ve had a chance to eat processed meat at the school cafeteria! Why, look at all this freedom with five minutes to get to class between periods! What a vacation from the stress of being a purple unicorn with a dragon slave!”
It’s especially crazy when you consider that almost every other show about being in high school is focused as intently as possible on anything except high school. It’s always about being a magical girl, or about love life drama, or about field trips. Anything - anything but the actual reality of high school, which is institutionalized to the point a person can wake up, forty years after they’ve graduated, in a cold sweat because they’re afraid they forgot to do an assignment. That is a mild form of post-traumatic stress, ladies and gentlemen. That is the magic and excitement most of us get to know from high school.
Anyway, I’ve meandered a bit, but the Equestria Girls parody will give us a good opportunity to have an exciting and bizarre world of satire and comedy simply buzzing in the background of a fight over a plastic crown that the average student could care less about. Rae and friends live in the Banana Republic. They are too old for high school. They are girls - beautiful ones if you’re to say so to their faces. And I know it’s confusing because I purposefully gave them all gender neutral names and I voice them myself.
Why? Don’t distract me with details, man. This is my craft and since square one I have been making it up as I go along. I never honestly thought it would get this far, but damn it, traditions are traditions and I can’t go back on them now.
here are some drawings I made for a short we started on but abandoned part-way through.
In hindsight tho… he does kinda look like…
End result of today’s stream!
Anonymous said: Great. That means you'll be coming to BABScon and I can meet you instead of other anon. (california is better anyways)
One of the chairs talked to me at FE about gettign me to BabsCon 2015 - so ya - I should be there. Hopefully Greg will be too.